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    Kate Earl

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    Genre:Indie, Rock, Pop
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Anything lyrics
    2You Say lyrics
    Erick Macek in duet with Kate Earl
    3Sweet Sixteen lyrics
    4Learning To Fly lyrics
    5Hero lyrics
    6Silence lyrics
    7Someone To Love lyrics
    8Officer lyrics
    9When You're Older lyrics
    10Only In Dreams lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Stronger [2012]
    2Fate Is The Hunter [2005]
    3Kate Earl [2009]


    B i o g r a p h y
    (by Johnny Loftus)

    Kate Earl grew up in Chugiak, AK, where she started writing songs that blended the phrasing of Cat Power and Björk with the folk-chanteuse influence of Joni Mitchell for an earthy, accessible sound. Earl moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and quickly made an impression, scoring airplay on KCRW and Indie 103.1 and catching the ear of Record Collection, who eventually signed her. She continued to log West Coast performances as she recorded her debut with producer Tony Berg, and the album was slated for a summer 2005 release.

    Kate Earl's debut has an understated glow about it, a quiet allure that comes from a bright, almost naïvely honest young singer working with a crew of sure-handed musicians. Earl migrated to Los Angeles from Chugiak, AK. That's near Anchorage. But she sounds at home in front of a California band that includes (at various points) Mitchell Froom, Michael Penn, Wendy Melvoin, members of Incubus, Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks), and sound artist/pedal steel manipulator Chas Smith. Earl's vocals are throaty, expressive, and pristinely clear. She's a less strident Joss Stone over the winking strings of "Silence," but delicate and half-asleep on "Free," where Scher's pedal steel and the pump organ of Patrick Warren add hundreds of style points. Earl's songwriting on Fate Is the Hunter has some gravity -- she's a girl just trying to make her way in the world, or a lover, or lost thoughts and memories where darkness whispers amidst the happiness. But it's really her unadorned vocal over Hunter's finely rendered instrumentation that makes the record shimmer like an L.A. sunset. "Cry Sometimes" is a gorgeous cut, a slice of soft rock that goes back to Carly Simon or Rickie Lee Jones, and "Sweet Sixteen" is breezy with brushed acoustic strings and a great, vocal saxophone in a supporting role. "When You're Older" feels like the single -- it could be Tegan & Sara. That's not wrong, but it doesn't quite fit with tracks like the ambitious, steadily building "Anything" or the touching Alaska diary "Come This Far." That's OK. For a debut, Fate Is the Hunter hits its marks wonderfully, offering grace, gravity, simplicity, and well-played, well-placed instrumentation.

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